There’s a ton of Tommy Morrison stories yet to recount in the wake of his sad passing at age 44. For me, they started in the early days of my running the Pitch more than 20 years ago when Morrison became a friend of the zine at the ripe young age of 20.
“To the Pitch Staff, Best Wishes, Tommy “The Duke” Morrison,” reads the autographed, black and white photo of a pre-mullet, almost cherubic Morrison.
I stumbled onto a Rocky marathon a day or three ago and was able DVR Rocky V.
Sylvester Stallone was so bad in that movie, he made Tommy look good – which isn’t saying much. Still, it was interesting to think back to the story about Dawn 2 picking Morrison up from prison and telling ESPN they were anticipating a call from Stallone for a post-HIV diagnosis followup flick.
However, the most haunting bit of information to come my way in the wake of Morrison’s passing was word from his former backer Susan Martin that according to her son Stephen Bayer – a close pal of Tommy’s over the years – “Tommy found out he was HIV positive back in 1989.”
“Yeah, that’s what he told me,” Bayer says. “He told me that after everything went down in 1996. He told me he had come down with it, but everything was basically just taken care of.”
As a longtime friend of Tommy’s Bayer wants the truth about his pal to come out.
“I want to get everything right,” Stephen says. “Because Tommy deserves that.”